Other City Sustainability Initiatives
In February 2017, Council voted unanimously to authorize the creation of a Winnipeg Food Council. Made up of representatives with knowledge of the local food system (farmers, processors, grocers and others), the purpose of the Council is:
- To advise Mayor and Council on food system-related issues;
- To support the work of the community on food issues, enhance public health and local food security, and increase food literacy, and access to food;
- To initiate and support implementation of a City of Winnipeg Agricultural and Food Strategy.
To learn more about the mandate of the Winnipeg Food Council please visit the website.
With urban beekeeping becoming more acceptable and popular in other major cities across Canada, the City of Winnipeg is looking at expanding opportunities through by-law amendments. Beekeeping is currently permitted downtown and is also possible in agricultural areas through conditional use and a public hearing.
In September, 2017 the City of Winnipeg joined other major Canadian cities in being designated a Fair Trade Town. In committing to this designation, the City of Winnipeg serves only Fairtrade-certified coffee, tea and sugar at municipally-owned and operated venues. The Fair Trade Town designation supports City Council’s unanimous vote on April 27, 2011 that the Winnipeg Public Service incorporate more environmentally and socially sustainable procurement practices. Learn more about Council's support and to get involved please visit Fair Trade Canada's website.
Information provided through this site will help you look after your lawn using organic lawn care methods and natural approaches to pest control. By adopting natural practices in taking care of our lawns, we can improve local biodiversity and reduce our negative impact on the environment. Things to consider include:
- Reducing energy spent on lawn care by mowing less often;
- Reducing water consumption by watering deep and less often; and
- Composting kitchen and yard waste to create our own nutrient rich soil.
Long-term and new residents alike are familiar with certain insects that also call Winnipeg home. From mosquitoes, to forest tent caterpillars, elm bark beetles and others, the City of Winnipeg strives to develop and implement sustainable strategies to handle them. To learn more about the City's insect control program and how it continues to be based on an environmentally mindful practices and policy, please visit their website.
Learn more about the City of Winnipeg Pesticide Management By-law.
Community gardens can transform empty lots into green, living spaces. For more information on the locations of City Allotment Gardens and how to rent a plot, please visit their website.
Parks and open spaces have benefits for quality of life, community health and well-being. Please visit their website for more information on this as well park amenities, wildlife, natural areas, and urban wildlife.
The Urban Forestry Branch is responsible for all aspects of modern 'urban forestry', including tree inventories, tree planting, watering and fertilizing, pruning, Dutch Elm Disease control, removal operations, public relations and education, and other administrative functions.
Located at 2795 Ness Avenue, The Living Prairie Museum is a 12 hectare (30-acre) tall grass prairie preserve. Set aside in 1968, this preserve is home to over 160 species of prairie plants and a great array of prairie wildlife